Hawaii native, Boston Salmon (6-1) will make his UFC debut October 28 on UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil.
Salmon was the first competitor on Dana White’s “The Contender” Series to receive a UFC contract following his win on the show. He was also the first to be placed on a card, though recent injury of his original opponent, Augusto Mendes put the Hawaii fighter’s debut date in jeopardy.
Short Notice Replacement for UFC Fight Night 119
Just days ago, it was confirmed that a replacement has been found and Salmon will now take on Raoni Barcelos (11-1).
This is not the first time in his career that Salmon has ever experience issues with opponent replacement, but that doesn’t mean it is any easier an especially not at the highest level of competition.
“Well, it sucks because I expected it to be a little different at this level,” Salmon told Xclusive MMA. “His style is similar to my first opponent except that he is bigger and more athletic. We are treating him like any other opponent. If he makes weight at 135 it is going to be a war. He likes to bang. Someone is getting knocked out.”
RFA Alumni Meet in the Octagon
Barcelos has spent his career at 145 lbs and the Fight Night date will mark exactly a year since the last time he was in the cage. He was slated to fight for the LFA 145 title but had to pull out due to injury. The later half of Barcelos’ career has been under the RFA banner, which is also the promotion that has been home to Salmon.
“I’ve always fought at 135 and he was at 145,” said Salmon. “It didn’t cross my mind that we would meet in the cage even if I had stayed with the RFA organization.”
Another Day at The Office
UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil will be the first time in the octagon for both fighters. Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida and Derek Brunson are slated to headline the event. Boston Salmon vs Raoni Barcelos will be on the preliminary card and can be viewed on Fox Sports 2, Saturday, October 28th.
“It’s just another day at work, but this is my first time fighting for the UFC and fighting in another county (aside from Canada),” said Salmon. “I’m not sure what to expect from the promotion or fighting in Brazil, but I can’t wait to perform for all of my fans in Hawaii, Vegas and around the world.”